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A full open set of Shakespeare's works along with anciallary material, a variety of tools and a python api

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The Open Shakespeare package provides a full open set of shakespeare’s works (often in multiple versions) along with ancillary material, a variety of tools and a python API.

Specifically in addition to the works themselves (often in multiple versions) there is an introduction, a chronology, explanatory notes, a concordance and search facilities.

All material is open source/open knowledge so that anyone can use, redistribute and reuse these materials freely. For exact details of the license under which this package is made available please see COPYING.txt.

Open Shakespeare has been developed under the aegis of the Open Knowledge Foundation (

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Installation and Setup

1. Install the code

1.1: (EITHER) Install using (preferred)

Install shakespeare using easy_install:

easy_install shakespeare

NB: If you don’t have easy_install you can get from here:


1.2 (OR) Get the code straight from subversion

  1. Check out the subversion trunk:

    svn co
  2. Do:

    sudo python develop

Getting Started

As a user:

1. Basic setup

To access most of the main features of Open Shakespeare you need a database. For this an other bits and bobs of configuration you will need a configuration file.

You can make a config file as follows:

paster make-config shakespeare {your-config.ini}

Tweak the config file as appropriate and then setup the application:

paster setup-app config.ini

[TODO: this should be part of setup-app]


$ shakespeare-admin db init

2. Extras

  1. Search index. [TODO]

2. You can start a web server to provide a easy-to-use web interface to the shakespeare material and facilities by doing:

$ paster serve {your-config.ini}

NB: {your-config.ini} should be replaced with the name of the config file you created earlier.

As a developer:

0. Setup

Follow the basic steps above put with an ini file named: development.ini

NB: you’ll probably want to change log levels to debug.

1. Check out the administrative commands

$ bin/shakespeare-admin help.

2. Run the tests using either py.test of nosetests::

$ nosetests shakespeare

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